Presentation of Compagnie Grenade
History, career, awareness programs...
Compagnie Grenade was created in 1998 by Josette Baïz, a logical follow-up to the work she began in 1992 with the Groupe Grenade (children and teenagers). Its dance studios, located in Aix-en-Provence, France, comprise of a dozen professional dancers, most of who come from the Groupe Grenade.
The dancers, including some who have worked with Josette Baïz for 20 years (and they’re still under 30 today!), have invented, with Josette, the characteristic cultural mix typical to Grenade, each bringing his or her own background – Eastern, Asian, African or urban – and integrating it into the contemporary world of the choreographer.
Their creations are therefore a perpetual research where the leitmotif is to open ones mode of expression.
The style of Josette Baïz was built by the approach of other choreographers of her generation and American masters such as Nikolaïs and Merce Cunningham, the teaching experience of Odile Duboc and Susan Buirge and artistic collaborations with Jean-Claude Gallotta.
Over the years, the Compagnie Grenade has been further enriched by hosting several dancers from different choreographic horizons.
Concurrently, some dancers from the Compagnie Grenade have continued their adventures with other companies (Maguy Marin, Dominique Boivin, Angelin Preljocaj, Compagnie Malka, Abou Lagraa, Carolyn Carlson, Pierre Droulers …), to discover other choreographic styles.
In this spirit, Josette and her dancers continue their research by being constantly open to techniques (contact – improvisation, Limon technique, Graham, Cunningham…), a good reason to regularly invite outside teachers and form artistic collaborations based on encounters and exchange.
Les 12 danseurs de la Compagnie Grenade
|Kanto Andrianoely||Mylène Lamugnière|
|Nordine Belmekki||Kader Mahammed|
|Lola Cougard||Sinath Ouk|
|Kim Evin||Stéphanie Vial|
|Félix Héaulme||Julie Yousef|
|Michaël Jaume||Pierre Boileau
Career of Compagnie Grenade
1998 : TURBULENCES, Théâtre du Merlan - Scène Nationale de Marseille
2000 : CAPHARNÄUM, Théâtre des Salins - Scène Nationale de Martigues
2001 : TIME/BREAK, Espace Malraux - Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de Savoie
2003 : ZOOM AVANT, Teatro Piccolo Regio de Turin (Italie) - avant-première (19 février)
2004 : TONIGHT ! , Le Théâtre - Scène Nationale de Narbonne et le Festival International Danse à Aix
2006 : DUPLEX, Cie GRENADE, Théâtre de l'Olivier - Scène Nationale de Istres
2007 : LES ARAIGNEES DE MARS, Théâtre du Vellein - Villefontaine CAPI
2008 : EDEN CLUB, Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix en Provence
2009 : GRANADA MIX, Cours Mirabeau - Aix-en-Provence
2010 : GARE CENTRALE, Théâtre de Bourg-en-Bresse - Scène Conventionnée
The Compagnie Grenade dancers who embody the Grenade style (and are holders of the State teaching certificate in contemporary dance) regularly teach their dance know-how to a wide range of audiences.
They regularly conduct workshops in several schools in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, perpetuating the awareness programs started by Josette Baïz (the Lauves workshops – northern neighborhood of Aix-en-Provence, the Bricarde workshops – northern neighborhoods of Marseille).